Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Dausa District of Rajasthan

Dausa District at a Glance

·                     District:                      Dausa
·                     Headquarters:          Dausa
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
·                     Total:                          3432
·                     Rural:                         3392
·                     Urban:                       40
Population (Census 2011)
·                     Population:               1634409
·                     Rural:                         1432616
·                     Urban:                       201793
·                     Male:                          857787
·                     Female:                      776622
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):                     905
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):                        476
Constituencies (ECI)
·                     Assembly:       5
·                     Lok Sabha:     1

The city of Dausa is the district headquarters. It is bounded on the north by Alwar District, on the northeast by Bharatpur District, on the southeast by Karauli District, on the south by Sawai Madhopur District, and on the west by Jaipur District. The Sawa and Ban Ganga rivers run through the district. It is situated on National Highway no.11 From Jaipur to Agra. It is 55 km to the east of Jaipur and 103 km from Sawai Madhopur.
The district has a 62.75% literacy rate.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the people of Dausa. The main crops of the district are wheat, bajra, rapeseed, mustard and groundnuts.


Bhandarej Fort

Bhadrawati Palace is popularly known as Bhandarej Fort and is situated in Bhandarej, Dausa district of Rajasthan. In the 11th century after Kachawa chieftain, Dhula Rao Saheb conquered Bhandarej, this palace was built. The palace displays the architectural style of Mughals and Rajputs, which comprises arched windows and verandahs painted neatly.
Moreover, nearby camping area and the exciting horse safaris, camel trips and bird watching are few activities that tourists can enjoy at this site. Although the palace has now turned into heritage hotel the architecture relevance is still the same.

Bhadrawati Palace (Bhandarej Fort)

Abhaneri Step well
 Abhaneri is a small village with one of India's deepest and largest step wells, commonly known as the Chand Baori and built over a thousand years ago. It is one of the largest step wells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. Step wells are unique to India.

It is a historic place, believed to be constructed in the 9th century during Nikumbh Dynasty headed by King Raja Chand, also known by the name Samrat Mihir Bhoja. 

Abhaneri Step Well (Chaand Baori)

Madhogarh fort

This fort was built by the king of Jaipur -  Madhav Singh. Madhogarh is located on the top of a hill in the backdrop of lovely flower fields, which make it a very scenic and picturesque fort. The fort has now been converted into a royal hotel. This hotel promises a lovely accommodation to its visitors. With a grand central courtyard that has lovely local functions, one is bound to have a good time as the hotel gives you a feel of Rajasthan. Also, due to its location, the hotel terraces offer a great view where you along with your family and friends can enjoy a great evening tea.

Madhogarh Fort

Mehandipur Balaji Temple

This famous and rather spookily magical temple in Dausa is dedicated to the Monkey God- Hanuman. Located near the Mehandipur Village, this temple is known to have magical properties. It is often regarded that this temple cures mentally disturbed and people with unbalanced brains. This is the aura of the temple. Many doctors have tried and have failed to give an explanation behind this. The glistening idol of Hanuman is carved on stone and is very rudimentary in nature but appears gilded when one lays his eyes on it. The temple lures many believers and worshippers who come to the temple for the well being of their loved one. The temple provides eerie and an adventurous experience that one cannot afford to miss.

Mehandipur Balaji

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh fort was built in the 17th century by one of Akbar’s navratnas, Raja Man Singh, as a gift for his grandson whose name was Madho Singh. Bhangarh fort in the present times is located in Rajgarh tehsil of district Alwar in the state of Rajasthan. Bhangarh fort is built in the hillocks on one side and river Sanwan on one side. Sariska tiger reserve is fairly close by.

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh fort is also known to be haunted with lots of ghost stories floating around. Visitors are normally curious about haunted stories of Bhangarh and invent new ones from time to time due to the deserted looks of Bhangarh fort. One of the stories that is popular is that anything you build around the fort with a roof would have the roof collapsed within a short time so no one builds anything around the Bhangarh fort. All the settlements are a long way from the fort walls and every building within the fort except for the temples have collapsed roofs.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Dholpur District of Rajasthan

Dholpur District at a Glance

·                     District:                     Dholpur
·                     Headquarters:          Dholpur
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                         3033
·                     Rural:                         2964
·                     Urban:                       69
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:               1206516
·                     Rural:                         959066
·                     Urban:                       247450
·                     Male:                          653647
·                     Female:                     552869
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):      846
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):        398
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:     4
·                     Lok Sabha:    0

The town of Dholpur is the district headquarters. Dholpur District is a part of Bharatpur Divisional Commissionerate. It became a separate district in 1982.
The Chambal River forms the southern boundary of the district, across which lies the state of Madhya Pradesh. The district is bounded by the state of Uttar Pradesh on the east and northeast, by Bharatpur District of Rajasthan on the northwest, and Karauli District of Rajasthan on the west.
The economy of the district is primarily agricultural. The regional language of Dholpur is "Braj Bhasha" that has a touch of Bundelkhandi and Khadi bhasha.


Muchchhkund is about 4 km from the town of Dholpur. It is an ancient, sacred place and provides a very picturesque view. The place is named after Raja Muchchhukand, the 24th of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race) who is said to have reigned nineteen generations before Lord Ram. According to legend, Raja Muchchhkund was sleeping here when demon Kaal Yaman (while pursuing lord Krishna) accidentally woke him up. The demon Kaal Yaman was burnt to ashes because of a divine blessing to Raja Muchchhkund. It is now a sacred place for pilgrims.


Muchchhkund Temple

National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chambal river remains one of north India's most unpolluted rivers, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary contains the rare Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in 1978 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, within an area of 5,400 km². Approximately 400 km of the river is within the reserve. Apart from the Ganges river dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include crocodiles (mugger) and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus). Migratory birds from Siberia form its rich avian fauna.

Chambal Ghariyals

Picturesque view of River Chambal

This is a waterfall in Sarmathura. It is the main tourist spot in whole district and is visible in rainy season [July–September]. Besides this, Damoye has a large, green forest range with wild animals.

Damoye Waterfalls

27 kilometres from Dholpur (and 5 kilometers from Bari) is a picturesque lake called Talab Shahi. The lake and the palace were built in 1617 A.D. as a shooting lodge for Prince Shah Jahan. The palace and the lake were later maintained by the ruler of Dholpur. The lake attracts a large number of winter migratory fowl such as pintail, shoveller, red crested pochard, common pochard, tufted duck, garganey teal, wigeon and fadwall.

Lake Talaab-e-Shahi

Ramsagar Sanctuary
The sanctuary contains the picturesque Ramsagar Lake, which supports rich aquatic life including fresh water crocodiles and a number of fishes and snakes. Water birds such as cormorants, white-breasted water hen, moor hen, jacanas, river tern, ringed plover, sand piper, and green and purple herons are quite common. During winter months migratory ducks and geese visit the lake in good numbers. It covers an area of 34.40 sq. km.

A view of Ramsagar Sanctuary

Van Vihar Wild Life Sanctuary

Van Vihar, an old wildlife reserve of the rulers of Dholpur is spread over an area of 25.60 sq. km. over the Vindhyan Plateau; supports a rather open stunted growth of Dhok and Khair trees. It is inhabited by animals like Sambhar, Chital, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Hyena and Leopard.

The best time to visit is between October and February.

Alligator at Van Vihar sanctuary (Image credit: Wikipedia.org)

Van Vihar Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Basic data and tourism information on Dungarpur District of Rajasthan

Dungarpur District at a Glance

·                     District:                       Dungarpur
·                     Headquarters:           Dungarpur
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                          3770
·                     Rural:                         3743
·                     Urban:                       27
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:               1388552
·                     Rural:                         1299809
·                     Urban:                        88743
·                     Male:                          696532
·                     Female:                      692020
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):         994
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):           368
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:       3
·                     Lok Sabha:     0
The town of Dungarpur is the district headquarters. It is one of the fastest developing cities in India.
The area of Dungarpur district was occupied by the Bhil people perhaps as early as 4000 BCE. But now it is developed enough like any other smart city. The second largest community is that of Patidar. It was invaded by Rajputs in the 12th century.
Dungarpur State was founded in 1197 by Samant Singh, a Rajput prince from Mewar, but Rajput control over the area took centuries. Bagar or Vargar was the name the Rajputs gave to the area of Dungarpur and Banswara districts. The Bhil people remained the major ethnic group in the district during Rajput rule, and under the British Raj formed the core of the military and police. There are 300 villages and people of these villages have best nature ever seen and they are quite supportive.


Baroda village, once the capital of Vagad, is situated at a distance of 41km by road from Dungarpur and lies in Aspur tehsil. In Aspur proper also, there are a number of beautiful temples. Baroda village is famous for the ruins of temples of old Rajput architecture. Saivism and Jainism were the main religions of this place in the early times. Near the tank in Baroda village, there is a beautiful, old Shiva's temple made of white stones. Near the temple is a 'kundli' bearing an inscription of Samwat 1349 of the times of Maharaj Shri Veer Singh Dev. In the heart of this village lies an old Jain temple. The principal idol in the temple is that of Parshvanath which was identified in Samwat 1904 by Bhattarak Devendra Suri.


Beneshwar Fair

The Beneshwar temple containing the most reverend Shiva Linga of the area is situated on a delta formed at the confluence of Som and Mahi rivers, about one and a half km from Nawa Tapra village. Sabla is the nearest bus stand located at a distance of about 7 km from the temple on Udaipur-Banswara-Dungarpur bus route. Sabla is at a distance of 123 km from Udaipur, 53 km from Banswara, 45 km from Dungarpur and 22 km from Aspur.

A tribal fair at the temple is held during Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima. Just near the Beneshwar temple is the Vishnu temple which was reportedly constructed in Samwat 1850 (1793 AD)


Boreshwar Mahadev Temple

The temple of Boreshwar Mahadeo is situated at a distance of 83 km from Dungarpur near village Solaj in Aspur tehsil and belongs to 1179 A.D.
It is situated on the banks of the Som river.


Bhuvneshwar Temple

Located barely 9 kilometres from Dungarpur is Bhuvaneshwar, famous for a Shiva temple which is perched on a mountain top. The temple is built around a naturally formed Shivling. Tourists can also visit an ancient monastery located atop the mountain.
This temple is situated on the road-side near Kanba village in Dungarpur tehsil.


Deo Somnath Temple
Deo Gaon is situated at a distance of 24 km from Dungarpur in the north-east. On the banks of Som river, there is an old and beautiful Shiva temple, Deo Somnath. The temple is believed to have been built sometime in the 12th century of Vikram Samwat. Built in white stone, the temple has imposing currants. This temple is built with stone only - there is no material like sand, lime, etc. so in that sense it is a unique temple. It gives an impression of antiquity. There are several inscriptions in the temple.


Panoramic view of Dungarpur Town

The town of Dungarpur was founded in 1335 A.D. There are temples erected by Rawal Veer Singh, in the memory of Dungaria's widows. On the hill, there is also a small fortress where Maharawal Bijai Singh built a place called Bijaigarh, which overlooks a lake. In the east of the town, there is Udai Bilas Place, named after Udai Singh II, surrounded by hills and enclosed by a small lake. Dungarpur town presents a picturesque appearance.


Situated on the bank of Mahi river Galiakot village is located 58 km towards the south-east of Dungarpur. The nearest town of Sagwara lies at a distance of 19 km. According to the tradition Galiyakot derives its name from a Bhil Chieftain, who ruled the area. It was once the capital of the Parmars and also of the erstwhile Dungarpur State. The relics of an old fort can still be seen. The village owes its fame to the shrine of Syed Fakhruddin, which is visited by thousands of Dawoodi Bohra devotees who gather here from all over the country at the time of annual 'Urs' which is held from the 27th day of Muhharram, the first month of Mohammedan year. Syed Fakhruddin was a highly religious man. He was widely known for his learning and saintliness. In the course of his wandering, he died at Galiyakot village and was buried there.

Galiyakot Shivalay

The inner portion of the dome is decorated by beautiful foliage while teachings of the Holy Quran are engraved in golden letters on the tomb.

 A lake, known as Gaibsagar, constructed during the rule of Maharaj Gopinath, is another favorite picnic spot for voyagers. The lake was constructed in 1428 AD and its construction proofs are available closer to Hanuman Temple.

Gaibsagar Lake

The lake is famous for the shrine of Shrinathji that rests on its banks. The shrine complex contains numerous exquisitely carved temples and one core temple, the Vijay Rajrajeshwar Temple. This temple of Lord Shiva displays the skilled craftsmanship of the famed sculptors or ‘shilpkars’ of Dungarpur.

This museum was established with the objective of displaying sculptures collected by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Rajasthan, mainly from the Vagad region.

Archeological Museum

The Dungarpur Royal family helped set up the museum by gifting land and its own personal collection of charming sculptures and historically important inscriptions. The collection housed here includes statutes of various deities, stone inscriptions, coins and paintings dating back to the 6th century.

The Udai Bilas Palace has been named after Maharawal Udai Singh II. Its striking design follows classic Rajput architectural style and boasts of detailed designs in its balconies, arches and windows. A beautiful wing built of the local bluish grey stone called Pareva overlooks the lake.

Udai Vilas Palace

The palace is segregated into Raniwas, Udai Bilas and Krishna Prakash, also known as Ek Thambiya Mahal. The Ek Thambiya Mahal is a veritable marvel of Rajput architecture featuring intricate sculptured pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades, bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings. Today, Udai Bilas Palace functions as a heritage hotel.


Vijayraj Rajeshwar Temple

The Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple is located along the banks of the GaibSagar Lake. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati, displays the fine architecture of its times. The construction of the temple was ordered by Maharawal Vijay Singh and was completed in 1923, during the reign of Maharawal Lakshman Singh.

Gaib Sagar Lake, Sabela Lake, Somriver Devpur Lake, Pagara Pond, Nagera Pond, Lake in Padawa Gamiru are some famous lakes of Dungarpur.